IRS Free File is open for the 2024 tax season — with a major expansion to eligibility

The IRS has launched its Free File program for the 2024 tax season — with its largest-ever expansion to eligibility.

Now, anyone who earned an adjusted gross income (AGI) of $79,000 or less in 2023 can access guided tax prep that’ll help them file their federal taxes online for free. The new income cap is $6,000 higher than last year’s $73,000, and, according to an analysis by Money, marks the largest annual increase in the program’s 22-year history.

Typically, the IRS adjusts the income limit by roughly $1,000 to $2,000 in any given year, if it changes the limit at all. The previous two tax seasons, for example, the IRS held the Free File income threshold steady at $73,000. Given the historic increase to the program’s income threshold, many more Americans are expected to qualify for free online tax filing.

The IRS is partnering with eight companies that will offer tax prep and e-filed returns to those eligible:


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